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Year 2004 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of "American Top 40" to Ryan Seacrest

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Jan 10 9th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins Best Film

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler
Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11 30th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 25 61st Golden Globes: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", Sean Penn, and Charlize Theron win

Actress Charlize Theron
Actress
Charlize Theron
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler
  • Jan 25 20th Sundance Film Festival: "Primer", directed by Shane Carruth, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music concertMusic Concert

Feb 1 Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

  • Feb 5 54th Berlin International Film Festival: "Head-On" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 15 57th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" Best Film, Peter Weir Best Director
  • Feb 28 24th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Gigli" wins
  • Feb 29 76th Academy Awards: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Sean Penn & Charlize Theron win
  • Mar 6 35th NAACP Image Awards: "The Fighting Temptations" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 14 WrestleMania XX, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Chris Benoit wins Triple Threat title match with Triple H and Shawn Michaels
  • Apr 18 50th British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Buried" Best Drama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 TV sitcom "Friends" airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers)

  • May 13 The final episode of "Frasier" on NBC is watched by 33 million people

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 "Shrek 2" directed Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury, with voices by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz premieres at the Cannes Film Festival


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 57th Cannes Film Festival: "Fahrenheit 9/11", directed by Michael Moore wins the Palme d'Or. First documentary to win.

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Rice wins from pole for team owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman in a rain shortened race

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

Film release premierFilm Release

May 31 "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", the 3rd film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released in UK cinemas

Actor Rupert Grint
Actor
Rupert Grint
Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • May 31 British children's cartoon "Peppa Pig" created by Astley Baker Davies premieres on Channel 5

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 30 "Spider-Man 2" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst is released

Actress Kirsten Dunst
Actress
Kirsten Dunst

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart
  • Jul 22 37th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 30 "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle", starring Kal Penn and John Cho, is released

Actor Kal Penn
Actor
Kal Penn

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 27 Hong Kong martial arts film "Hero" starring Jet Li opens in the US and becomes first Chinese-language film to go to No.1 at US box office

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • Sep 1 61st Venice Film Festival: "Vera Drake" directed by Mike Leigh wins Golden Lion

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 10 "Crash" directed by Paul Haggis and starring Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Best Picture 2006)

  • Sep 19 56th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, Arrested Development, James Spader and Allison Janney win

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 22 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US

Director, Producer and Writer J. J. Abrams
Director, Producer and Writer
J. J. Abrams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 Teen noir series "Veronica Mars" created by Rob Thomas and starring Kristen Bell premieres on UPN in the US

Actress Kristen Bell
Actress
Kristen Bell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 Longtime "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television's all-time biggest game show haul

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 9 Mary-Kate Olsen pledges that woman sewing garments for her company in Bangladesh will be afforded legal maternity leave

Twin Actress Mary-Kate Olsen
Twin Actress
Mary-Kate Olsen

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 15 "Million Dollar Baby", directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman is released (Best Picture 2005)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Morgan Freeman
Actor
Morgan Freeman
Actress Hilary Swank
Actress
Hilary Swank

Birthdays in Film & TV


Person of interestMillie Bobby Brown

Feb 19 Millie Bobby Brown, English actress (Stranger Things) and UNICEF goodwill ambassador, born in Marbella, Spain


Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 12 Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (44) weds ABC-TV correspondent Rebecca Rankin in Los Angeles

Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Cinematographer
Janusz Kamiński
  • Jan 24 "Married ... With Children" actor David Faustino (33) weds actress Andrea Elmer (31) at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 24 Actress Selma Blair (31) weds producer Ahmet Zappa (29) at Carrie Fisher's mansion in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Selma Blair
Actress
Selma Blair

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 26 Comedian Rosie O'Donnell (41) weds marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell (36) in San Francisco, California

Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell
Comedienne
Rosie O'Donnell
  • Feb 27 Singer-actress Solange Knowles (18) weds Texas Southern University football player Daniel Smith at Old Bahama Bay Resort in Grand Bahama Island
  • Apr 2 Actress Jill Whelan (38) weds Michael Chaykowsky aboard the Caribbean Princess cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Apr 24 Model-actress Ali Landry (30) weds TV personality Mario Lopez (30) at the exclusive Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Apr 29 "Gentlemen's Agreement" Oscar Best Supporting Actress Celeste Holm (87) weds opera singer Frank Basile (41) in Manhattan
  • May 9 "Underworld" director Len Wiseman (31) weds actress Kate Beckinsale (30) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
  • May 29 "Party of Five" actor Scott Wolf (35) weds "Real World" cast member Kelley Limp at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 5 Actress Jennifer Lopez (43) weds salsa artist Marc Anthony (42) in Beverly Hills, California

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 5 Tennis player Ilie Năstase (57) weds fashion model Amalia Teodosescu

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jul 2 Actress Mira Sorvino (36) weds actor Christopher Backus (23) in a private civil ceremony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse
  • Jul 3 Actress Tori Spelling (31) weds actor-writer Charlie Shanian (35) at her parents 56,000-square foot mansion in Bel Air, California
  • Jul 3 The Bachelor actor Bob Guiney (33) weds "All My Children" soap opera actress Rebecca Budig (31) in Long Lake, Michigan
  • Jul 4 Actor Dennis Quaid (50) weds real estate agent Kimberly Buffington (32) at his 500-acre Montana ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana
  • Jul 10 "The West Wing" actor Dule Hill (29) weds actress Nicole Lyn (26) in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Jul 24 "The Calling" singer Alex Band (23) weds "Cleopatra 2525" actress Jennifer Sky (27) in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Jul 24 Former MSNBC news anchor Ashleigh Banfield (36) weds real estate financier Howard Gould (31) in Kenora, Ontario

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 30 Actor Nicolas Cage (40) weds Alice Kim (20) at a private ranch in Northern California

  • Jul 31 "Ed" actor Tom Cavanagh (35) weds "Sports Illustrated" photo editor Maureen Grise (33) at a 19th-century, cedar-shingled Roman Catholic church in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Aug 7 "The Wonder Years" actor Fred Savage (28) weds commercial real estate agent Jennifer Stone (31) in Los Angeles
  • Aug 14 Actor Josh Brolin (36) weds actress Diane Lane (39) at his ninety-seven acre spread in San Luis Obispo, California
  • Aug 14 "Dancing With The Stars" contestant and "Seinfeld" actor John O'Hurley (49) weds Lisa Mesloh at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 28 "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress Mariska Hargitay (40) weds actor-writer Peter Hermann (37) at the Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara, California

  • Sep 3 "Baywatch" actress Gena Lee Nolin (32) weds NHL hockey player Cale Hulse (30) at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 24 Former "Baywatch" actor Michael Bergin (35) weds makeup artist Joy Tilk (34) at Hanalei Bay Resort in Kauai, Hawaii

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 25 Academy Award winning actor Kevin Costner (49) weds model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner (30) at his 165-acre ranch in Aspen, Colorado

  • Oct 2 "Married ... With Children" actress Katey Sagal (50) weds "The Shield" writer Kurt Sutter (42) in Los Feliz, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 5 Professional golfer Tiger Woods (28) weds former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (24) at Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Oct 16 Actor Marlon Brando's son Christian Brando (46) weds Deborah Presley at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
  • Oct 30 Blink-182 pop punk band drummer Travis Barker (28) weds actress and First Runner Up Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler (29) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • Nov 23 "Penn and Teller" magician Penn Jillette (49) weds TV producer Emily Zolten at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dec 23 CBS executive Les Moonves (55) weds CBS' "Early Show" co-host Julie Chen (34) on a private estate in Acapulco
  • Dec 26 "Kill Bill" actor David Carradine (67) weds Annie Berman (43) at the seaside in Malibu
  • Dec 29 "The X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson (36) weds former journalist and documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne (42) on Shella island in Lamu, Kenya
  • Dec 31 English actor Terence Stamp (64) weds Elizabeth O'Rourke (23) in London

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 30 "Alias" actress Jennifer Garner (30) divorces actor Scott Foley (30) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 4 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 26 Model-actress Deborah Falconer (38) divorces actor Robert Downey Jr (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 12 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 27 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry files for divorce from her second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, six months after the couple separated

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
  • May 12 Model and actress Ali Landry divorces (30) "Saved by the Bell" actor Mario Lopez (30) due to infidelity only less than 2 weeks after getting married
  • Jun 10 Model-actress Ali Landry (30) divorces "Saved by the Bell" actor Mario Lopez (30) due to irreconcilable differences only 2 weeks after getting married
  • Oct 7 Actress Andie MacDowell (46) divorces businessman Rhett Hartzog (45) after nearly three years of marriage
  • Nov 9 Hotel heiress and fashion model Nicky Hilton (21) divorces businessman Todd Andrew Meister (33) due to bi-coastal relationship after nearly 3 months of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Doralyn "Lynn" Cartwright, American character actress (A League of Their Own), dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Brian Gibson (director), English film director (b. 1944)
  • Jan 7 Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (Cries & Whispers, Damned), dies at 77

Person of interestSpalding Gray

Jan 10 Spalding Gray, American actor (Beaches, Clara's Heart, Heavy Petting), commits suicide at 62

  • Jan 14 Uta Hagen, German-American actress and theatre practitioner (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies at 84
  • Jan 14 Ron O'Neal, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Jan 17 Ray Stark, American stage and film producer, dies at 88
  • Jan 17 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • Jan 22 Billy May, American orchestra leader and composer (The Green Hornet, Mod Squad, Batman), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (On the Town), dies at 80
  • Jan 23 Bob Keeshan, American actor (Captain Kangaroo), dies at 76
  • Jan 27 Hard Boiled Haggerty [Don Stansauk], American pro wrestler (AWA, NWA, WWA World Tag Team C'ship; IWA World Heavyweight C'ship) and actor (The Incredible Hulk), dies at 78
  • Jan 28 Joe Viterelli, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Jan 29 Otto Wilhelm Fischer, Austrian actor (Helden, Ich suche dich), dies of kidney disease at 88
  • Feb 2 Bernard McEveety, American film director (b. 1924)
  • Feb 3 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • Feb 5 John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)
  • Feb 10 Guy Provost, Quebec actor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 15 Jan Miner, American actress (Crime Photographer), dies at 86
  • Feb 18 Jean Rouch, French filmmaker and ethnologist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 23 Vijay Anand, Indian film director (b. 1934)
  • Feb 24 John Randolph [Emanuel Hirsch Cohen], American actor (King Kong, Lucan, Lucas Tanner, Angie), dies at 88
  • Feb 26 Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor, dies at 94
  • Mar 2 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (All the King's Men, The Exorcist, Giant), dies at 87
  • Mar 3 Cecily Adams, American actress and casting director (b. 1958)
  • Mar 5 Walter "Walt" Gorney, American character actor (Friday the 13th, Trading Places), dies from natural causes at 91
  • Mar 6 Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 6 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, dies at 47
  • Mar 7 Paul Winfield, American actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attack), dies at 64
  • Mar 8 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
  • Mar 9 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (Kant aan m'n broek!), dies at 87
  • Mar 14 Genevieve [Ginette Auger], French actress and singer (The Jack Paar Show), dies of a stroke at 83
  • Mar 17 J. J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
  • Mar 17 Michael Mellinger, German actor (Goldfinger, The Bourne Identity), dies at 74
  • Mar 21 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), dies at 79
  • Mar 26 Jan Sterling [Jane Adriance], American actress (Ace in the Hole, The High and the Mighty), dies of diabetes and a stroke at 82
  • Mar 28 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), dies of heart failure at 82
  • Mar 30 Alistair Cooke, British-American TV host (Masterpiece Theatre), dies at 95
  • Mar 30 Hubert Gregg, British broadcaster (b. 1914)
  • Apr 1 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (Diary of Mad Housewife), dies at 58
  • Apr 7 Victor Argo, American actor, dies at 69
  • Apr 10 Donna Michele, American actress (Beach Blanket Bingo) and Playboy playmate (Dec, 1963), dies at 58
  • Apr 13 Caron Keating, British television presenter, dies at 41
  • Apr 14 Micheline Charest, French Canadian television producer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 17 Soundarya, Indian actress (b. 1971)
  • Apr 17 [Andrew] Bruce Boa, Canadian actor (The Empire Strikes Back), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 18 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), dies at 81
  • Apr 25 Albert Paulsen, Ecuadorian-American actor (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Doctors' Hospital), dies at 78
  • May 3 Anthony Ainley, British actor (Doctor Who), dies at 71
  • May 9 Alan King [Irwin Kniberg], American comedian & actor (Anderson Tapes, Memories of Me), dies at 76
  • May 14 Anna Lee [Joan Boniface Winnifrith], British actress (General Hospital, How Green Was My Valley), dies of pneumonia at 91
  • May 18 Serge Turgeon, Quebec actor and union leader, dies at 58
  • May 18 Lincoln Kilpatrick, American actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show), dies at 72
  • May 19 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], American actor (The Odd Couple) dies aged 84
  • May 19 Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (b. 1907)
  • May 22 Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  • May 24 Captain Stubby [Tom Fouts], American author and comedian (Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers), dies of a stroke at 85
  • May 31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, dies at 62
  • Jun 4 Saturnino "Nino" Manfredi, Italian actor (Between Miracles), dies at 83

Person of interestRonald Reagan

Jun 5 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), dies at 93

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jun 6 Judy Campbell [Judith Mary Gamble], British actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie), dies at 88
  • Jun 13 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer (Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Page 2), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jun 26 Yash Johar, Indian film producer (b. 1929)

Person of interestMarlon Brando

Jul 1 Marlon Brando, American actor (The Godfather, A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront), dies at 80

  • Jul 8 Jean Lefebvre, French actor (Diabolical, Now Where Did the Seventh Company Get to?), dies at 84
  • Jul 9 Isabel Sanford, American actress (Louise-Jeffersons/All in the Family), dies at 86 (b. 1917)
  • Jul 17 Pat Roach, British professional wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
  • Jul 23 Mehmood [Ali], Indian actor, singer, director and producer (Do Phoo!, Vardaan), dies at 71
  • Jul 23 Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)
  • Jul 28 Sam Edwards, American actor (Captain Midnight, Twelve O'Clock High), dies at 89
  • Jul 28 Eugene Roche, American actor (Foul Play, Slaughterhouse Five), dies at 75
  • Jul 29 Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 30 Andre Noble, Canadian actor (b. 1979)
  • Jul 31 Virginia Grey, American actress (b. 1917)
  • Jul 31 Laura Betti, Italian actress (b. 1927)
  • Aug 8 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), dies at 96
  • Aug 8 Dimitris Papamichael, Greek actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 9 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), dies at 92
  • Aug 12 Peter Woodthorpe, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Aug 13 Julia Child, American chef, author and television personality (The French Chef), dies at 91
  • Aug 16 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), dies at 83
  • Aug 18 Elmer Bernstein, American movie music composer (The Magnificent Seven, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Age Of innocence, Thoroughly Modern Mille), dies at 82
  • Aug 22 Daniel Petrie, Canadian television and movie director, dies at 83
  • Aug 31 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61
  • Sep 2 Eleni Zafeiriou, Greek actress (b. 1916)
  • Sep 8 Frank Thomas, American animator, dies at 92
  • Sep 9 Caitlin Clarke, American actress (Dragonslayer), dies at 52
  • Sep 18 Russ Meyer, American film director (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), dies at 82
  • Sep 21 Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • Sep 22 Big Boss Man [Ray Washington Traylor Jr.], American professional wrestler, dies at 41
  • Sep 26 Marianna Komlos, professional wrestling valet (b. 1969)
  • Sep 30 Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor (b. 1936)
  • Sep 30 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (b. 1915)
  • Oct 3 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet), dies of ventricular arrhythmia at 44

Person of interestJanet Leigh

Oct 3 Janet Leigh [Jeanetta Morrison], American actress (Psycho), dies at 77

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh
  • Oct 4 Rio Diaz, Filipino actress & TV hosts (b. 1959)

Person of interestRodney Dangerfield

Oct 5 Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian (Caddyshack), dies at 82

Comedian and Actor Rodney Dangerfield
Comedian and Actor
Rodney Dangerfield
  • Oct 7 Hildy Park, American actress and writer (To Tell the Truth), dies of a stroke at 78

Person of interestChristopher Reeve

Oct 10 Christopher Reeve, American actor (Superman, Somewhere in Time), dies of an adverse reaction to an antibiotic at 52

  • Oct 14 Vlassis Bonatsos, Greek singer, actor and entertainer (b. 1949)